Bowmanville Zoo

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Bowmanville Zoo
Date opened 1919
Location 340 King Street East, Bowmanville, Ontario, CAN
Coordinates 43°54′46″N 78°40′06″W / 43.912811°N 78.668456°W / 43.912811; -78.668456Coordinates: 43°54′46″N 78°40′06″W / 43.912811°N 78.668456°W / 43.912811; -78.668456
Land area 42 acres (17 ha)
Number of animals 300
Memberships CAZA[1]

Bowmanville Zoo is a zoo in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. It is one of the largest suppliers of animals for Hollywood movies and television programs.[2][citation needed] It is Canada's oldest private zoo;[citation needed] founded in 1919, it now hosts over 300 animals. The zoo allows children to ride on the back of a camel.

Some of the animal talent include or have included:[citation needed]


The zoo once had 7 elephants with a mix of African and Asian.

Limba was the lone Asian elephant at the zoo, arrived in 1989 and was euthanized in late 2013 at the age of 50 after falling ill. The pachyderm was well known for appearing in Bowmanville's annual Santa Claus Parade and several movies.[4] [5] With the her death the only zoo in Ontario with elephants is African Lion Safari.

Traveling Exhibits[edit]

Animals from the Bowmanville Zoo are sometimes displayed as part of shows in various parts of Canada.[6][7]


The zoo participates in breeding programs for endangered species, and also accepts retired circus animals.[8]


  1. ^ "Membership Directory". Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Bowmanville zoo baby births., 28 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Bowmanville zoo tiger who starred in Life of Pi remembered fondly". Metro, 26 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Limba the elephant euthanized at Bowmanville Zoo". CBC News. December 3, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ O'Connor, Kevin. "Stolen Bowmanville Zoo animals found safe". Toronto Sun, 22 June 2010.
  7. ^ McCready, Lindsay. "Bowmanville Zoo at the fair". Moose Jaw Times, 20 June 2013.
  8. ^ U.S. group opposes planned move of circus elephant to Bowmanville Zoo. the Canadian Press, 26 February 2013.

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